2E - Skin-to-skin

Babies should be placed skin-to-skin with the mother directly after birth and should stay there at least until after the first feeding.  Babies born by cesarean can be placed on the mother’s chest during closing.  Mothers should continue skin-to-skin contact with their babies regularly to promote physical and emotional health.  Fathers, siblings and others who have a close relationship with the baby can also practice skin-to-skin contact.

Skin-to-skin contact promotes:

v  correct suckling

v  mother-infant bonding

v  less crying

v  warmth of baby

v  increased oxytocin levels in mothers

v  good milk supply